I first came across Linen Press last year, after reading about it on Sally Z's blog. The four titles published at the time sounded interesting so I bought two (Breeze from the River Manjeera and The Missing) and loved them both. Three more titles have just been published -I've bought two of them and have just finished reading one - White Lies - which blew me away. (Brief reviews of all are on my little books blog - click on the books link over there -> )
I've written on this blog before how shocked I was to hear that small publishers such as Linen Press might actually make a loss on every book they sell through Amazon, because Amazon take such a big percentage of the price of every book sold, regardless of who the publisher is or how many copies of the book have been sold.
Lynn Michell, the one-woman-band behind Linen Press, has written a piece for the Guardian Books Blog about this, which is well worth reading. Amazon are so convenient - they make shopping for books so cheap and easy - but they're killing not only your local independent bookstores but also small independent publishers.
I bet many of this blog's readers have written/are writing/would like to write novels. It is the small publishers who are most likely to take a punt on a first-time unknown writer. Novelists need small publishers and local bookstores, so I believe we have a duty to support them.
Please, read Lynn's piece in the Guardian, have a look at the Linen Press website, and consider buying one or more of their books - but not from Amazon! (Lynn has priced books and postage on her website such that the overall cost will be the same as buying from Amazon.)